Steve Beaton, Stephen Bunting and Kyle Anderson were among eight players to secure a European Tour qualification double in Wigan on Friday, as Raymond van Barneveld and Glen Durrant also qualified for one event apiece.Continue reading “Beaton, Barney & Durrant among European Tour qualifiers!”
Premier League stars Rob Cross, Michael Smith and Gerwyn Price all progressed through to the UK Open quarter-finals on a dramatic day of action at Butlin’s Minehead Resort, as James Wade, Daryl Gurney and Mensur Suljovic became the latest big names to exit the tournament.
Following an extraordinary opening day which saw former champions Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Peter Wright, Adrian Lewis and Raymond van Barneveld all crash out of the tournament, the shocks continued in Minehead.
The Premier League trio of Cross, Smith and Price all booked their spots in the last eight, alongside World Championship semi-finalist Nathan Aspinall and former Lakeside champion Steve Beaton, who is through to his first UK Open quarter-final for 15 years.
Meanwhile, Josh Payne, Simon Stevenson and Ross Smith all progressed through to their first major PDC quarter-finals, as ‘The FA Cup of Darts’ continues to throw up a multitude of surprises.
However, the performance of the day was produced by 2017 finalist Price. The Grand Slam champion is unbeaten so far in this year’s Premier League and after dispatching Joe Cullen in round-four, he posted successive ton-topping averages against Jamie Hughes and Krzysztof Ratajski.
The Welshman, who secured back-to-back Players Championship titles last weekend, trailed ‘Yozza’ 4-1 and 6-3, before taking out a brilliant 167 finish in leg ten to reduce the arrears. He then moved 8-6 ahead, before producing his second 167 outshot of the contest to seal victory with a 101.40 average.
In the last eight, Price faced former World Masters champion Ratajski, who defeated him on this stage in November’s Players Championship Finals. Nevertheless, the world number seven delivered a devastating display to thrash the Pole 10-3; taking out finishes of 117, 144 and 145 and averaging 105.70.
World number two Cross is into the quarter-finals for the second consecutive year after claiming hard-fought wins over Mervyn King and Cristo Reyes respectively.
Cross was pitted against Michael van Gerwen’s conqueror King in round-five, but ‘The King’ was unable to replicate those heroics as ‘Voltage’ ran out a comfortable 10-5 winner with a 97.10 average. The 2018 world champion then battled to a 10-6 victory over an out-of-sorts Cristo Reyes in the evening’s finale.
World Championship finalist Smith defied his injury woes to reach the last eight of the UK Open for the first time in 11 attempts. ‘Bully Boy’ underwent emergency surgery on an abscess on Monday, but the St Helen’s star battled through the pain barrier to seal his place in finals day.
Smith edged out his fellow Premier League star Daryl Gurney in a gripping last-leg decider on the Main Stage on Saturday afternoon, before sending the last remaining Dutchman Jermaine Wattimena crashing out of the tournament; averaging 101.60 to close out a 10-3 win.
Elsewhere, the evergreen Beaton reached his first UK Open quarter-final since 2004 after claiming the scalps of former World Youth champions Keegan Brown and Dimitri Van den Bergh on day two in Minehead.
‘The Bronzed Adonis’ defeated reigning champion Gary Anderson 10-8 on Friday evening, averaging 98.60 to defeat the returning two-time world champion. Beaton then defeated Brown by the same scoreline with a 96.60 average, before edging out Van den Bergh in a scrappy sixth-round affair.
Stevenson continued his remarkable giant-killing run at this year’s UK Open to reach his first televised PDC quarter-final. ‘The Mirror Man’ defeated Adrian Gray, former Lakeside champion Mark Webster and Dutch legend Raymond van Barneveld on Friday, before repeating his heroics on Saturday.
The Plymouth ace claimed a hard-fought 10-6 win over Kim Huybrechts to reach the last 16, where he produced an inspired fightback to dump out five-time major finalist Dave Chisnall. ‘Chizzy’ led 8-4 but Stevenson took out finishes of 150, 104 and 128 in three straight legs, before converting a nerveless 82 kill to prevail in a last-leg decider.
Ross Smith is also in to his first major PDC quarter-final after claiming the scalps of Steve West and James Wade. Smith eased past West 10-5 with a solid 95.90 average, before securing the biggest win of his career to dump out two-time UK Open winner Wade 10-7; averaging 96.70 in the process.
Payne became the third player to reach his first senior televised quarter-final on a gruelling day of action at the Butlin’s Minehead Resort. ‘The Maximum’ thumped Kyle Anderson 10-2 in round-four on Friday night and maintained his fine form on day two.
The former World Youth finalist defeated 2018 World Championship semi-finalist Jamie Lewis 10-7 with a 98.50 average, before beating his close friend Simon Whitlock by the same scoreline to set up a quarter-final showdown with tournament favourite Cross.
Elsewhere, World Championship semi-finalist Aspinall continued his fine form to reach the UK Open quarter-finals for the first time in his career. ‘The Asp’ kicked off his campaign with victory over Toni Alcinas, before he edged out Christian Kist in a dramatic last-leg decider on Friday evening.
The 27-year-old breezed into the last 16 with an emphatic 10-2 win over Madars Razma, to set up a showdown against fellow Premier League contender Steve Lennon. The Irishman led 7-3, but Aspinall responded by reeling off seven of the final eight legs to complete the comeback.
The quarter-final draw was made live on the Main Stage by Chris Mason and Keith Deller shortly after the last 16 action concluded, but the remaining Premier League stars all avoided each other.
Cross will face Payne in Sunday’s first quarter-final, while Michael Smith plays Beaton in an intriguing last eight tussle. Elsewhere, Price faces Stevenson, before Aspinall locks horns with Ross Smith in the fourth and final quarter-final clash.
Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC
Saturday March 2
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT start)
James Wade 10-7 Max Hopp
Michael Smith 10-9 Daryl Gurney
Dimitri Van den Bergh 10-9 Mensur Suljovic
Rob Cross 10-5 Mervyn King
Nathan Aspinall 10-2 Madars Razma
Simon Whitlock 10-8 Gabriel Clemens
Josh Payne 10-7 Jamie Lewis
Gerwyn Price 10-7 Jamie Hughes
Steve Beaton 10-8 Keegan Brown
Krzysztof Ratajski 10-7 Jonny Clayton
Simon Stevenson 10-6 Kim Huybrechts
Jermaine Wattimena 10-8 Luke Woodhouse
Steve Lennon 10-8 Mickey Mansell
Dave Chisnall 10-5 Martin Schindler
Ross Smith 10-5 Steve West
Cristo Reyes 10-7 Richard North
Evening Session (1900 GMT start)
Ross Smith 10-7 James Wade
Gerwyn Price 10-3 Krzysztof Ratajski
Michael Smith 10-3 Jermaine Wattimena
Rob Cross 10-6 Cristo Reyes
Nathan Aspinall 10-8 Steve Lennon
Simon Stevenson 10-9 Dave Chisnall
Steve Beaton 10-8 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Josh Payne 10-7 Simon Whitlock
Sunday March 3
Afternoon Session (1245 GMT start)
Rob Cross v Josh Payne
Michael Smith v Steve Beaton
Simon Stevenson v Gerwyn Price
Nathan Aspinall v Ross Smith
Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson and Peter Wright all crashed out on a dramatic opening day of the Ladbrokes UK Open, while former champions Adrian Lewis and Raymond van Barneveld also bowed out as the 159-player tournament kicked off with a bang at Butlin’s Minehead Resort on Friday.Continue reading “Van Gerwen, Anderson & Wright crash out of UK Open!”
Raymond van Barneveld will compete in his first European Tour event for almost two years in March after being amongst the qualifiers for the year’s opening two events, as three-time BDO world champion Glen Durrant produced a series of stunning displays in the first qualifier to seal his European Tour debut.
Continue reading “Van Barneveld secures European Tour return!”
The entries for the opening two European Tour events of the year have been confirmed ahead of the two UK Qualifiers and two West & South Europe Tour Card Holder Qualifiers at the Barnsley Metrodome on Friday February 22. Continue reading “European Tour 1 & 2 Qualifier Entries!”
Ricky Evans and Vincent van der Voort fired in ton-topping averages on the opening day of the European Darts Trophy in Gottingen, as Steve Beaton edged out Kim Huybrechts in a dramatic last-leg decider on Friday evening.
Ricky Evans produced the performance of the opening-round at the Lokhalle to dismantle Andrew Gilding 6-1 and set up a meeting with Darren Webster on Saturday evening. ‘Rapid’ averaged 104.73, registered four maximums and converted 60% of his attempts at double to cap off a wonderful display against ‘Goldfinger’.
Vincent van der Voort also produced a vintage display to keep his slender hopes of European Championship qualification alive. The Dutchman averaged 103.96 and posted five maximums to defeat Simon Stevenson 6-3, kicking off the contest with legs of 13, 13 and 11 darts, which he’ll need to replicate in round-two against Michael van Gerwen.
Toni Alcinas defied EIGHT maximums from Danny Noppert to close out a gripping deciding-leg win in the last match of Friday’s marathon double-session. ‘Noppie’ produced a blistering display of scoring but it wasn’t enough to defeat the spirited Spaniard, who averaged 97.51 and converted 41% of his darts at double to prevail.
Steve Beaton fended off an inspired fightback from Kim Huybrechts in a battle of the former European Tour winners. Beaton stormed into a 5-1 lead but the Belgian fought back to force a decider- only to miss one dart at the bull for victory, and ‘The Bronzed Adonis’ held his nerve to complete a clinical 78 kill and triumph with a 93.91 average.
Krzysztof Ratajski also survived one match dart in his first-round tussle against Steve West. ‘The Polish Eagle’ averaged 93.94 and hit 35% of his double attempts, but West missed one dart at D12 in the decider to snatch victory, which enabled Ratajski to convert D8 and set up a second-round meeting with home favourite Max Hopp.
Jeffrey de Zwaan will lock horns with world champion Rob Cross in an intriguing second-round tussle after seeing off host-nation qualifier Stefan Siepmann in his opener. De Zwaan wasn’t at his brilliant best but his combination finishing proved decisive, as he converted finishes of 73, 76, 88 and 120 to stave off any threat of an upset.
Martin Schindler delighted the home crowd with a hard-fought 6-3 win over Luke Woodhouse. ‘The Wall’ spurned ten darts at a double during the contest, but averaged 91.44 and registered four maximums to seal his place in the last 32, where he’ll take on the veteran Mervyn King.
Jelle Klaasen celebrated the birth of his second child this week, and he had more reasons to be cheerful after seeing off Maik Langendorf 6-4. Both players were below-par but Klaasen resisted a late fightback from the host-nation qualifier to prevail with an 88.51 average, two maximums and a 35% checkout conversion rate.
John Henderson came through a last-leg shootout against Mark Wilson to secure his spot in round-two, where he’ll take on Dutch Darts Champion Ian White. ‘The Highlander’ averaged 94.48 to Wilson’s 85.79, but the Scot was forced to conjure up a 14-dart leg in the decider to seal his progression.
2017 Development Tour winner Luke Humphries continued his bid to qualify for this month’s European Championship with a 6-4 win over Keegan Brown in the tournament’s curtain-raiser. Humphries averaged ten points more than the former World-Youth champion; prevailing with a 96.56 average, two 180’s and a 50% conversion rate.
Ryan Joyce maintained his 100% success rate in the first-round of European Tour events in 2018 with a comprehensive 6-1 win over Jermaine Wattimena. ‘Relentless’ wasn’t anywhere his best, but still breezed to victory against the off-colour Dutchman with an 88.37 average and a 46% checkout success rate.
Mickey Mansell set up a second-round clash with former Lakeside champion Stephen Bunting, after recording an emphatic 6-2 win over George Killington. Killington opened up an early 2-1 lead, but then was afforded just one more dart at a double, with Mansell reeling off five consecutive legs to triumph with an 87.76 average.
However, Mansell’s compatriot Brendan Dolan fell to a first-round defeat against host-nation qualifier Gabriel Clemens. The German averaged 92.30, crashed in three maximums and took out a fine 118 finish en route to victory over the former World Grand Prix finalist.
Matthew Edgar secured his first European Tour victory for three years with an impressive 6-3 win over Dutchman Jeffrey de Graaf. ‘Prime Time’ averaged 89.62, fired in four maximums and boasted a 50% checkout conversion rate to set up a second-round showdown against Joe Cullen.
Marko Kantele will play Premier League finalist Michael Smith for a place in the last 16, after seeing off qualifier Robert Marijanovic in round-one. The Finland World Cup veteran fired in five maximums in a powerful display of scoring; before rounding-off a 6-3 win with an 88.16 average and a 43% checkout success rate.
Richard North kept his hopes of European Championship qualification alive with a scrappy 6-3 win over host-nation qualifier Christian Bunse. The German outscored North for large periods, but missed 13 darts at double, as North limped to victory with a 79.04 average.
Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC
2018 European Darts Trophy (ET13)
Schedule of Play
Friday October 12
Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm BST)
Luke Humphries 6-4 Keegan Brown
Matthew Edgar 6-3 Jeffrey de Graaf
Mickey Mansell 6-2 George Killington
John Henderson 6-5 Mark Wilson
Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Brendan Dolan
Marko Kantele 6-3 Robert Marijanovic
Ryan Joyce 6-1 Jermaine Wattimena
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5 Steve West
Evening Session (7.15pm local time, 6.15pm BST)
Richard North 6-3 Christian Bunse
Ricky Evans 6-1 Andrew Gilding
Martin Schindler 6-3 Luke Woodhouse
Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Simon Stevenson
Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Maik Langendorf
Steve Beaton 6-5 Kim Huybrechts
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-3 Steffen Siepmann
Toni Alcinas 6-5 Danny Noppert
Saturday October 13
Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm BST)
Joe Cullen v Matthew Edgar
Michael Smith v Marko Kantele
Dave Chisnall v Ryan Joyce
Stephen Bunting v Mickey Mansell
Daryl Gurney v Luke Humphries
Simon Whitlock v Richard North
Ian White v John Henderson
Jonny Clayton v Gabriel Clemens
Evening Session (7.15pm local time, 6.15pm BST)
Mervyn King v Martin Schindler
Gerwyn Price v Steve Beaton
Darren Webster v Ricky Evans
Michael van Gerwen v Vincent van der Voort
Peter Wright v Jelle Klaasen
James Wade v Toni Alcinas
Max Hopp v Krzysztof Ratajski
Rob Cross v Jeffrey de Zwaan
The 2018 BetVictor World Matchplay gets underway at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool in just under a fortnight’s time. Josh’s Dartistry picks out four of the most intriguing first-round ties and runs the rule over the respective tussles…. Continue reading “World Matchplay 2018: The Four Standout Ties!”
Michael van Gerwen continued his World Championship title defence with an incredible whitewash win over a shell-shocked James Wilson, as Gary Anderson sealed his place in round-three with a memorable win over Paul Lim, who wired double twelve for an amazing nine-darter on a dramatic day of action at the Alexandra Palace on Friday. Continue reading “PDC World Championship 2018: Day Nine Report!”
Michael van Gerwen began the defence of his William Hill World Darts Championship title with a stunning victory over his fellow countryman Christian Kist, whilst Gerwyn Price, Steve Beaton and James Wilson also prevailed on a high-quality opening night at the Alexandra Palace on Thursday evening. Continue reading “PDC World Championship 2018: Day One Report!”